The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team in Hawaii
The team’s “C” squad — Boissonnas, McKinnon and Houghton — did particularly well with the change, Wightman said.
“They competed in the first round and had us in second place among the small schools, before we faltered a little in the subsequent rounds,” he said.
The team went into fundraising overdrive all year, in anticipation of making it all the way to nationals and then paying for the trip to Hawaii. Over the course of the year, the community donated approximately $18,000 to the team, with the majority of contributions ($12,000) coming in just under the wire, in March and April, Wightman said.
While in Hawaii, the students visited Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, the Dole Plantation, the North Shore, Pali Lookout and other locations around Oahu.
Laura Ryan is the Cazenovia CSD public information officer.